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  • Vapor Intrusion Problems Still an Issue 40 Years after Toxic Spill

    Earlier this month, WGRZ published a story about vapor intrusion problems in Leroy, New York.  The problem began in 1970 when 25 rail cars left their tracks and spilled cyanide crystals and trichloroethylene (TCE).  An estimated 30,000 to 35,000 gallons of TCE spilled onto the ground. According to the report, the cyanide was cleaned up, but the TCE wasn’t.  It didn’t ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • BP Fined $60 Million for Alaska Oil Spill, Texas Air Toxics

    WASHINGTON, DC, November 1, 2007 (ENS) - In the first criminal prosecution of the requirement that refineries and chemical plants take steps to prevent accidental releases, BP Products North America, Inc. will pay a criminal fine of more than $60 million for violations of federal environmental regulations in Texas and Alaska. This is the largest criminal fine ever assessed against a corporation ...

  • Mercury Spill in Illinois Results in Lawsuit & Reminds Public to be Aware of this Toxic Metal

    Last month, The Record reported that a dairy business is seeking a judgment of $1.4 million against a sanitary and clean-up company for costs and damages associated with a mercury spill at their business.  The spill occurred when a manometer containing the toxic liquid metal was laid on its side, spilling toxic mercury.   Mercury spills occur all too frequently.  In ...


    By EC2 Inc.

  • EPA test results show mine spill unleashed highly toxic stew

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday that surface-water testing revealed very high levels of lead, arsenic, cadmium and other heavy metals as a sickly-yellow plume of mine waste flowed through Colorado. These metals far exceeded government exposure limits for aquatic life and humans in the hours after the August 5 spill, which sent 3 million gallons of wastewater through ...


    By Associated Press

  • Toxic spills to Appalachian waters cost Massey coal $20m

    The fourth largest coal company in the United States, Massey Energy, has agreed to pay a $20 million civil penalty to resolve alleged Clean Water Act violations at coal mines in West Virginia and Kentucky, the U.S. Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency announced today. This is the largest civil penalty in EPA's history levied against a company for wastewater discharge permit ...

  • SDIX Collaborates with Ocean Research & Conservation Association to Address Gulf Oil Spill Toxicity Challenges

    Microtox System Deployed to Assess Water Quality and Toxicity in Gulf Coast NEWARK, Del. - SDIX™ (NASDAQ:SDIX), today announced the company is providing its Microtox® Water Quality System and technical assistance to the Ocean Research & Conservation Association, Inc. (ORCA) to aid their work as part of the Gulf Oil Spill response effort. The new system will augment and increase the ...


  • Coal Ash Spill

    (CNN) -- The coal ash poured out of a broken pipe into the Dan River, turning water into dark muck. It took nearly a week to stem the spill, which sent millions of gallons of sludge from a retired power plant into a river that supplies drinking water to communities in North Carolina and neighboring Virginia. Workers stopped the ...


    By RCBC Global Inc

  • Tracking largest industrial spill

    At about 1 a.m. last Dec. 22, James Schean awoke with a start. He heard what sounded like a furious thunderclap and a staccato of snapping trees. Then his house shuddered and heaved. Swept up by some mighty force, it tore clear of its foundation and rumbled off like a derailed freight car. "I could hear everything breaking," he says, "the rafters cracking, Sheetrock falling off, the furniture ...


    By The Compliance Center (ICC)

  • Federal and state responders continue mop-up operations at scene of Friday’s fire and toxic chemical spill on warm springs road in Boise, ID (WA)

    Federal responders from the U.S Environmental Protection Agency are spending a third day cleaning up the remains of a toxic chemical spill associated with the two alarm fire on Friday(10/22) in a rural area on the outskirts of Boise, Idaho. The state of Idaho requested EPA’s help on Friday afternoon, when a fire on private property near East Junior High School (6275 Warm Springs Avenue) ...

  • Hungarian sludge spill nears Danube

    As reported by Reuters, a toxic red sludge spill from an alumina plant in western Hungary that occurred on October 4, 2010 has reached a side branch of the Danube, a major European waterway, the spokesman for Hungary's disaster agency says. Tibor Dobson told Reuters that crews were battling to reduce the spill's alkaline content, which was still at around pH 9 -- above the normal, harmless level ...


    By The Compliance Center (ICC)

  • NC legislators approve regulating toxic coal ash

    North Carolina lawmakers have approved legislation they say makes the state the nation's first to address decades of toxic water pollution from residue left behind by coal-burning electricity plants. The General Assembly on Wednesday approved legislation addressing the problem unmasked six months ago when a coal ash spill from a Duke Energy ...


    By Associated Press

  • New Robot system to test 10,000 chemicals for toxicity

    Several federal agencies have unveiled a new high-speed robot screening system that will test 10,000 different chemicals for potential toxicity. The system marks the beginning of a new phase of an ongoing collaboration, referred to as Tox21, that is working to protect people’s health by improving how chemicals are tested in this country. The robot system, which is located at the National ...

  • EPA sets limit for toxic pollutants released into waterways

    The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday imposed new standards for mercury, lead and other toxic pollutants that are discharged into the nation's rivers and streams from steam electric power plants. If exposed at high levels, the pollutants can cause neurological damage in children, lead to cancer and damage the circulatory system, kidneys and livers. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said ...


    By Associated Press

  • URBAN AG Corporation Finalizes $4 Million Acquisition of CCS Environmental Worldwide, Inc.; Provides Environmental Remediation and Abatement Services for Disaster Recovery, Oil Spill, Asbestos and Toxic Contaminant Clean Up

    URBAN AG Corporation (PINKSHEETS: AQUM) -- http://www.urbanagcorp.net -- announced today it has purchased 100% percent of the Common Shares of CCS Environmental Worldwide Incorporated, an environmental remediation firm based in Massachusetts with licenses to provide abatement, removal and other ...


    By Marketwire

  • Investigation: EPA, state underestimated spill potential

    Federal and state regulators underestimated the potential for a toxic blowout from a Colorado mine, despite warnings more than a year earlier that a large-volume spill of wastewater was possible, an internal government investigation released Wednesday found. The regulators wrongly concluded there was little or no pressure from the millions of gallons of water trapped inside the inactive Gold King ...


    By Associated Press

  • Encouraging bacteria to clean up oil spills

    Catastrophic accidents account for 9 per cent of the oil released into marine environments. Several disasters, including the 1989 Exxon Valdez in Alaska, and the Prestige incident, off northern Spain in 2002, have seen the use of 'bioremediation' as part of the clean-up operation. Recent work has investigated combinations of natural additives to increase the speed and efficiency of ...

  • Operators of Falmouth Docks fined for pollution spill

    A ship repair company has been ordered to pay £24,300 in fines and costs for polluting Cornwall's famous Fal estuary with toxic paint sludge. The case was brought by the Environment Agency and Cornwall Council. On September 29, 2011 the Agency received a report of pollution in the estuary. On arrival an officer saw a large rusty-coloured plume in the harbour covering an area approximately ...

  • Mexico warns Arizona of waste spill into river

    Authorities are testing water from the San Pedro River in southern Arizona that may be contaminated with toxic waste that traveled north after a massive copper mine spill in Mexico this summer. Mexican officials on Monday issued a binational alert that contaminated water had made its way into the San Pedro River, which runs north to Pinal ...


    By Associated Press

  • US investigates North Carolina coal ash spill

    Federal authorities have launched a criminal investigation into a massive coal ash spill into a North Carolina river, demanding that Duke Energy and state regulators hand over reams of documents related to the accident that left a waterway polluted with tons of toxic sludge. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Raleigh issued grand jury subpoenas seeking records from Duke and the North ...


    By Associated Press

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